In terms of season picture, it’s Hamilton’s championship to lose this weekend. He had a chance to clinch the title three races early at the Mexican Grand Prix last weekend, which would’ve been his third in a row, but didn’t. Thus, Bottas has to win the race this weekend in order to delay his teammate’s title victory another week to the penultimate race in Brazil.

But even if Bottas does win the race, Hamilton would have to finish nearly out of the points in order to not clinch this weekend, which isn’t likely unless he has trouble. Circuit of The Americas, after all, is his playground.


Regardless, here’s the graphic on how Hamilton wins (or doesn’t), via F1:

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Image: Formula One

No matter what happens in the title race, though, there’s still a grand prix to watch out there this weekend as well. And if that grand prix is anything like last year’s, it should be a good one.